Hello Fellow Bearcat! Welcome and congratulations on beginning your journey as a student at Willamette University!
Throughout the summer, you will register for your first semester of college courses and indicate your housing preferences if you are living on campus. It is an incredibly exciting time in your life and that excitement will continue with Opening Days — Willamette’s incoming student orientation program — in August. Within this packet you will find information that will be helpful over the next few months until Opening Days starts in August. Opening Days is an entirely student-run program, meaning that I, as Opening Days Coordinator, along with a skilled Lead Team, have designed the program to introduce and welcome you to our community in the most enjoyable and informative way possible.
During Opening Days, you will move into your new community, meet your fellow classmates, and begin your College Colloquium course. Your College Colloquium serves not only as a class, but also as your Opening Days group. Your Opening Days group will have 14-15 other students and two Opening Days leaders. You will find profiles of your Opening Days leaders with their contact and background information within this packet. The enclosed schedule booklet contains the schedule for Opening Days plus additional information ranging from an orientation question and answer section to resources for your parents/guardians to information about the different programming during Opening Days and the three Jump Start programs.
Your dedicated and enthusiastic Opening Days leaders will contact you before Opening Days even begins to introduce themselves and answer any questions you may have. During and after Opening Days, your Opening Days leaders will be there as a resource and friend and will help you transition to your new community. We are all here to support you, and I would love to hear from any of you this summer if you have questions or concerns.
Before Opening Days begins, relax and enjoy your summer — binge-watch some Netflix, go adventuring, and enjoy the last summer before you are a college student! Your Opening Days leaders, myself, and the Willamette community cannot wait to welcome you home on August 22nd, as you begin your collegiate journey with boundless opportunity and possibility.
Maggie Mellecker ‘19
Opening Days Coordinator